Helicopter parenting is something I know a lot about, not because I have parented this way but because I was parented this way.
Sadly, helicopter parents are parents who take parenting to the extreme. Parents who take too much responsibility for their children’s lives and experiences, without allowing their children to experience things for themselves.
Helicopter parents tend to over-parent. They will constantly involve themselves in their children’s lives in a controlling way and naturally become over-protective towards them. They are less inclined to let their children make or live their own lives.
Although the terminology of ‘Helicopter Parenting’ refers to parents of high school age, helicopter parenting can happen at any age. Sadly, where children have been brought up this way, they will end up struggling with confidence and self-esteem issues, primarily because they’re not encouraged to think and do things for themselves.
As a consequence, helicopter parenting children will also feel less confident in dealing with stressful issues when they’re adults. All children will be affected by this form of parenting. Although we may understand the way we’ve been parented, it’s how we perceive that parenting that will ultimately change the way we get to live our life.
When it comes to helicopter parenting it’s important to think about that style of parenting and to recognise its traits. I made myself aware. Helicopter parenting usually ends with the loss of the parent.